This home is filled with endless love…and laundry.
If you have allergies and/or sensitivities to chemicals (i.e. additives, colors, and/or preservatives), store-bought laundry pods can wreak havoc on your health and well-being. The good news is that you don’t have to use commercial laundry pods to freshen your clothes. Nope, with a few easy steps, you can create all-natural laundry pods that are both safe for your washing machine, and extremely effective at cleaning your clothes.
Another plus – it will save you tons of money (sensitive laundry pods range in cost, from $9.50 to almost $30.00, depending on the amount of pods and the store). By making your own laundry pods, you save between $50 and $75, per year (depending on the number of loads). Can’t get much better than this all-natural clean sweep! Listed below are ways to freshen your clothes with all-natural laundry pods.
- Large Bowl
- Laundry Bar Soap (Walmart sells Zote Pink Laundry Soap & Zote White Laundry Soap Flakes; Walmart, Walgreens, Amazon, and Ace Hardware sell Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap)
- Super Washing Soda (Walmart, Ace Hardware, and Amazon sell Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda)
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Spray Bottle
- Ice Cube Tray
Scrape the laundry bar soap into a large bowl.
Add 3 cups of Borax and 3 cups of super washing soda to the bowl with the laundry bar soap scrapes. Note: If you decide to use the Zote White Laundry Soap Flakes, all you need to do is place the flakes (the whole box) into the bowl – no scraping required.
Next, add 1 cup of OxiClean to the bowl and stir the mixture until it is thoroughly combined.
Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle, and spritz the vinegar into the bowl (approximately 5 to 6 sprays) with the rest of the mixture. Note: Spritz the vinegar in the bowl until it starts to “clump up.”
Once the “clumpy” mixture starts to thicken (i.e. stick together in a ball shape), you are ready to add it to the ice cube tray.
Next, firmly press the mixture into the ice cube tray and allow it to dry for approximately 48 to 72 hours. Note: An ice cube tray allows you to make a lot of pods at once, however, you can store the dry mixture in an air-tight container, so you can make as many as you like and make more when you run out.
Once the pods have thoroughly dried and stiffened, remove them from the ice cube tray and store them in an air-tight container.
For small or medium loads, use one laundry pod, however, for harder stains or larger loads, use two pods. Do not use more than two pods, per load. In addition, these safe and effective laundry pods are great for front loading, top loading, and high efficiency washing machines.
In general, you can make approximately 120 all-natural laundry detergent pods with these instructions. The total cost of the ingredients is approximately $20, depending on the size of the pods. In comparison, Tide PODS Free & Gentle Laundry Detergent costs approximately $18 for 70 pods at Walmart.
If you are looking for a more elaborate all-natural laundry detergent pod recipe, you are in luck because listed below is an alternative pod formula.
You will need…
- Mixing Bowl
- Cookie Sheet or Flat Baking Pan
- Large Stirring Spoon
- Parchment Paper
- Measuring Spoon
- Spray Bottle
- Super Washing Soda
- Laundry Bar Soap Flakes
- Hydrogen Peroxide (Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS sell hydrogen peroxide)
- Epsom Salt
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Essential Oil (i.e. Orange, Lavender, Peppermint, Citrus, etc.)
Combine 1 ½ cups of super washing soda, ½ cup of grated laundry soap, and 2 tbsp. of Epson salt in a mixing bowl.
Add 3 tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide to the bowl and stir for approximately 50 seconds.
Next, add ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar to the bowl. Note: If you want your all-natural pods to be fragrant, add 15 to 25 drops of essential oil to the mixture. Mix all of the ingredients together with a large stirring spoon. (The mixture should “clump” together and resemble wet sand, when pressed.).
Place parchment paper on the cookie sheet, and set aside.
Use a measuring spoon to dole out 1 tbsp. scoops of the mixture, place each dollop onto the cookie sheet. Note: Leave some space between each dollop, so that they don’t run into each other while drying.
Next, add 2 tbsp. of water and 2 tbsp. of white distilled vinegar to a spray bottle, and spritz the pods (lying on the cookie sheet) with the vinegar/water solution.
Allow the pods to dry at room temperature (approximately 24 to 48 hours), before using.
Once again, for small or medium loads, use one laundry pod, however, for harder stains or larger loads, use two pods. Do not use more than two pods, per load. In addition, these safe and effective laundry pods are great for front loading, top loading and high efficiency washing machines.
In general, you can make approximately 28 all-natural laundry detergent pods with these instructions. Store your all-natural pods in an air-tight plastic container or large resealable plastic bag.
***It typically takes between 90 to 120 minutes to make the pods, but they can last up to 1 year, if stored properly.
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